kōputa, (-a, -‘ia).
1. Make hole in, pierce, puncture, pierce and open (can).
Kua kōputa ‘aia i te nū ki te mātipi.
He pierced the drinking coconut with a knife;
Kua kōputa ‘aia i te kiri pātikara ki te naero.
He punctured the bicycle tyre with a nail;
Kua kōputa ‘a Mi‘i i te punu puakatoro ki te mātipi.
Mi‘i opened the tin of meat with a knife.
2. Broach, bring up (a topic).
Nāna i kōputa mai i tē reira tuatua i riri ei ‘aia.
He was the one who broached the topic that made him angry;
Kua kōputa‘ia mai e Mina taua tuatuā ra i te rua o te ‘uipā‘anga.
The matter was raised by Mina at the second meeting.
3. n. Piercing instrument, esp. tin-opener (‘apinga kōputa punu).
Kua ‘apai kōputa mai au ‘ei kōputa i te punu pata.
I’ve brought a tin-opener to open the tin of butter. [Ck. *koo-puta.]